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April 2017

JAMA Internal Medicine—The Year in Review, 2016

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2Editor, JAMA Internal Medicine
JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(4):469-470. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.0127

I would like to thank all of our 2016 reviewers, authors, and readers for another great year. I learn so much from all of you as well as from my super-smart, always hard-working, and fun team of editors. Thanks to the 24/7 work of the editors, with strong assistance from our reviewers, our turnaround time for peer review is 13 days, and time to first decision without review is a median of 2 days and 36 days with review. The journal received 2695 major manuscript submissions in 2016, of which 1984 were major research manuscripts (Table). The senior editors continue to do careful review up front so that we only request peer reviewers for articles that have already been carefully analyzed and have a better than 50/50 chance of being published. This ensures the best use of our reviewers’ time. Our overall acceptance rate is 14%, and the reject without review rate is 77%.

Table.  JAMA Internal Medicine Statistics for 2016
JAMA Internal Medicine Statistics for 2016

It is a great privilege to edit JAMA Internal Medicine, and we are grateful for the work of all of our authors and reviewers. We are delighted to have an active group of JAMA Internal Medicine Editorial Fellows and editorial elective residents who participate in our editorial calls and work, research, and writing as well.

As publishing continues to become more digital and highly connected to social media, we are excited about our new website and continuously increasing digital presence. We were delighted to again be well represented in the Top 100 Altmetrics list of 2015, with the article on the sugar industry at No. 5 and 3 additional articles in the Top 100. You can see the Altmetric score for any article on our website. We also had 43 870 media mentions and 9.4 million views and downloads of articles.

We were pleased to launch a new focus on Firearm Violence, which will continue as a rolling theme throughout 2017. We also want to hear more from you on professional issues such as burnout, with our just-launched Physician Work Environment and Well-Being series.

We look for the kind of content that helps you in your clinical practice and in thinking about the future of our health care system. We want to continue publishing your high-quality studies and clinical trials, as well as a range of opinion pieces and Teachable Moments from trainees. In this first year of the Trump administration, we will continue to publish articles on changes in health policy related to the future of the Affordable Care Act, the 21st Century Cures Act, as well as critical public health issues such as gun violence. With the help of our reviewers, authors, and readers, we look forward to another great year at JAMA Internal Medicine as we all work together toward our common goal of improving health care quality, access, and value through medical research and implementation. In appreciation, we publish a list of our 2016 peer reviewers.4

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Corresponding Author: Rita F. Redberg, MD, MSc University of California San Francisco, Medicine, 505 Parnassus, M1180, San Francisco, CA 94143-0124 (redberg@medicine.ucsf.edu).

Published Online: February 13, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.0127

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

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